It all started in the deep waters of northern Europe, navigating in between islands and mountains like a flowing stream. This is the story of a stream of consciousness – unlocking emotions, longing for powerful sea bodies, waiting for the presence of a loved one and taking inspiration from Hokusai’s profound Prussian blue.
The track is creating its own reality, marrying deep analogue synth sounds with samples of drums from an imaginary country. In the shimmering of these dark fluids we can see the mirage of a love song, an ode to geographical separations and quest for connection.
‘Black Sea’ comes with two inventive remixes – the transcendental kraut-pop of French based Samba De La Muerte and a clever exploration of textures by Tiiva.
Fragment of an archipelago, this song will be part of an album exploring the relationship between bodies and landscapes, through a journey in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Tiger Lion are a (mainly) French trio based in North London, fronted by writer and visual artist, Clémentine Blue. Their distilled melodies flourish from St Vincent’s asymmetrical purity to Tame Impala’s hypnotic riffing intensity and crackle with Throwing Muses’ bruised, cardiac fire across organic canvasses inspired by Blake and Turner.
With two thematic EPs and single releases earlier in 2018 Tiger Lion prepare to launch ‘Black Sea’ in a remarkable bid nearer to capturing that perfectly imperfect dreampop sound. Video director Victoria Fiore explains,
“The core idea of the video came from Tiger Lion’s concepts behind the track; she describes deep, dark waters that can draw you in, but also drown, and while she describes waiting for that loved one – I felt that the loved one was in fact oneself.
I loved the idea of Clementine being enveloped and taken over by the waves, but only after sleepwalking out of a disorientating, neon-filled dreamscape. The visual influences of Wong Kar Wai ‘s alien urban environments and shooting at 8 frames per second gave us the license to recreate this other world where we are furthest away from ourselves – a space which gives us no other choice but to find our way back home.”